Jeet Heer at the New Republic is not a comedian and seriously thinks that the Democrats should run a celebrity in the next presidential race. The reasons behind this suggestion are even more twisted. If I understand him correctly, Hollywood has done such a good job of marginalizing God, the Church, the family, and all other moral values, they are perfect for ruining, I mean running, the country. Read it for yourself.
As Written By Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:
Following that bit of unpleasantness at the Golden Globes with Meryl Streep, Jeet Heer at the New Republic has struck on new scheme to help improve the Democrats’ prospects in future presidential elections. Pondering the fact that Donald Trump is a “celebrity” who managed to win, a light bulb went off over the author’s head. The Democrats have many more celebrities in their camp. Why not run one of those in 2020?
For further ammunition in support of this argument, Heer summons up a quote from none other than National Review’s David French. In a recent article, he pointed out that while Democrats may be losing elections, they have been winning the culture wars. He noted with some dismay that, the secular Left has taken a sledgehammer to God, family, and country—the pillars of our national culture—and Hollywood has led the way. And since they’ve done such a fine job of that, Heer concludes, perhaps they should put one of their big screen icons on the ticket.
If Hollywood is powerful enough to make people lose faith in God, family, and country, then why should it be a liability in winning elections? The whole business of Hollywood is popularity, which is also the whole business of winning elections. If celebrity endorsements are partly to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss, why did her husband and Barack Obama win the White House with a comparably impressive set of star endorsements? And if these endorsements are so toxic, then wouldn’t celebrity candidates be even more so?
But history shows that celebrity candidates can win, and it’s for the same reason that politicians like Obama and the Clintons tout celebrity endorsements: We live in a media-saturated world where fame has persuasive power.
One thing to note is that Heer bases this argument on the assumption that Donald Trump is “a celebrity.” He was certainly famous in his own right long before he came down that golden …..
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